JULIA ROSE LEWIS
My dear apple,
I steal the color of falling leaves,
my dear pear.
The pah, the pinch pressing so sure,
the reading is intimidating
a slice of apple is held behind the lobe for ear piercing at home.
My host tree,
who is one-half the holding pattern, I want to feed you a pear,
slice by slice, you see a peer really?
Still this classroom, an earring catechesis
and a call to prayer,
steal this classroom, time and imagination indeed.
The bajoran earring is a symbol of faith
and family, my ideal reader,
my present from the arts gods, this is deep space indeed.
Planting apple trees in the fall, the cognitive unconscious
is a compost pile, the fruits of the present tense.
I steal apples from the woman in the orange jacket at my roommate’s garden party.
I steal pears from the man in the nantucket-red pants at the gallery event.